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IFFI 2019: Mrinal Sen, Girish Karnad, Vidya Sinha to be honoured


The golden jubilee edition of India's premier film festival will honour the contributions of 13 artistes, 12 of whom died over the past year.

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With just days to go for the golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the festival has announced plans to honour some of Indian cinema's greatest names whose contributions have left an indelible mark on various aspects of filmmaking, and who left us in recent years.

The homage section, IFFI Remembers, will showcase filmmaker Mrinal Sen's landmark film Bhuvan Shome (1969) and writer-director Grish Karnad's Kanooru Heggadithi (1999), both of which won National awards.

Actress Vidya Sinha's Rajnigandha (1974), Assamese actor Biju Phukan's Aparoopa (1982) and actress-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta's Ganashatru (1990), directed by Satyajit Ray, have also been selected for this section.

Music composer Khayyam's classic National award-winning score in Umrao Jaan (1981) and MJ Radhakrishnan's world-class cinematography in the upcoming Malayalam film Veyilmarangal will join Veeru Devgan's stunts in Phool Aur Kaante (1991) and Kader Khan's dialogues in Hum (1991) for the section. Rajkumar Barjatya's blockbuster family film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) is also part of the special section.

Vijaya Mulay's short educational animated classic Ek Anek Aur Ekta (1974) and her first film The Tidal Bore (1973) will be screened alongside filmmaker and animator Ram Mohan's Krish Trish and Baltiboy: Face Your Fears (2017).

Around 10,000 delegates and film buffs are expected to attend this year's edition which will be held from 20–28 November in Panjim, Goa.

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